Mumbai : The Bharatiya Janata Party’s campaign for the October 15 assembly polls will revolve around the theme of “Rashtra Ke saath Maharashtra”, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said.
Javadekar released BJP’s poll campaign song sung by Swapnil Bandodkar. He was addressing a press conference after that.
“Our theme will be ‘Rashtra Ke Saath Maharashtra’ (Maharashtra with the nation), he said, adding, “Voters have given us power in the centre. Now, we are asking them to give us power in Maharashtra too.”
BJP will undertake a state-wide poll campaign which will use digital media, street plays, folk arts. There would be 150 video vans,” he said. ‘Poll alerts’ will be sent to three crore mobile phone subscribers, he added.
He also said that the polls will see “a new arithmetic” emerging.
“These elections are going to be different… a new arithmetic will be seen. People will vote for good governance,” he said.
“Congress and NCP looted Maharashtra for 15 years and people will ensure they don’t return to power,” he said.
Asked to comment on reports of tacit understanding between BJP and NCP, Javadekar said, “These claims are absolutely false. It was BJP which fought against the corruption of the Congress-NCP regime.”
“A perception was deliberately created by quarters as if there is some tacit understanding between BJP and NCP. We clearly denounce this,” Javadekar said.
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Taking on NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Javadekar said, “Pawar practices secular politics for four years and nine months, and for the remaining three months (ahead of the elections), he practices casteist politics.”
Asked about Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s reported remarks that the 25-year-old Sena-BJP alliance would not have split had Rajnath Singh been the BJP president, Javadekar said, “I don’t want to comment. We tried our best to salvage the alliance. Now, that stage has passed and the train has left the platform.”
When asked whether the BJP is trying to hijack Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by saying ‘Shiv Chatrapatincha Ashirvad’ (with blessings from Shivaji) Javadekar said, “Shivaji is part of every nationalists’ faith. For us he is far above politics.”